Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

Map of who owns the Arctic

Do you know who owns the Arctic? As it turns out, it’s a pretty messy subject: In August 2007 Russian scientists sent a submarine to the Arctic Ocean seabed at…

Icons of the Web scaled by popularity

Nmap visualizes site popularity as scaled icons. Favicons, that is. They’re that little icon that shows in your address bar or when you bookmark a site in your browser. If…

How tax breaks could affect your bottom line

Wilson Andrews and Alicia Parlapiano report for The Washington Post on how the fight over tax breaks affects your bottom line: Tax cuts enacted under former president George W. Bush…

Countries of the world ranked by stuff

What country has the best education? Health? Quality of life? Thomas Klepl and Adam Clarkson of Newsweek take a look at important metrics for the world’s best countries. It’s basically…

Election night in Australia relived

It was election night a few days ago in Australia, and News.com.au ran this graphic to show results in real-time during the election: Instead of presenting the count as a…

If major environmental disasters happened in your neighborhood…

When major environmental disasters occur, thousands of people are often affected, but it’s hard to put it all in perspective when it’s not actually happening to you. When the BP…

Pseudo-variety and ownership of the soft drink industry

When you buy soft drinks and other beverages at the grocery store, most likely you’re buying something that is part of a bigger brand. We know this. When you buy…

Understanding Shakespeare with visualization

Shakespeare literature is confusing. That’s not even an opinion. It’s a fact. Stephan Thiel, for his B.A. thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, takes a wack at understanding…

Design advanced online and interactive maps with Polymaps

In a collaboration between SimpleGeo, who makes location data easier to access, and Stamen, who does all kinds of wonderful with maps, announced Polymaps today. It’s a free and open-source…

Bus movements in San Francisco animated

Eric Fischer has been having a good bit of fun with maps lately. In his latest, he animates movements of the San Francisco MUNI (that’s their bus system) over the…

Discuss: Driving is why you’re fat?

In a collaboration between GOOD and Hyperakt, they come out with a bold statement: driving is why you’re fat. They follow with a graphic that shows rankings by state for…

Stacked area shows the Web is dead?

Wired has declared that the Web is dead in their September cover story, and they lead off with this stacked area chart showing the decline of browser-based consumption. Each layer…

Illustrated guide to a PhD

When I first got in to graduate school, I really had no idea what I was getting in to. I thought it’d be like undergraduate studies, but harder. Not really.…

Stamen makes experimental prettymaps

Add another toy to Stamen’s bag of tricks. The recently launched prettymaps by Aaron Straup Cope uses shapefiles from Flickr, urban areas from Natural Earth, and road, highway, and path…

Animated map of earthquakes in Iceland

I’m late on this, but remember that volcano eruption in Iceland a few months back, and all the European airports had to shut down because of the giant ash cloud?…

You + Me = Awesome

I used this diagram to convince my wife to marry me (j/k). Buy the print by Nick Schmitz here. Have a good weekend! [via swissmiss] Update: Sheldon Comics has a…

Back-of-the-napkin personal financial advice

Carl Richards, a financial planner and a regular on The New York Times’ Bucks blog, uses graphs and diagrams to explain personal finance. And as you know, sketches are always…

Martin Wattenberg talks data and visualization

Martin Wattenberg, who with his associate Fernanda Viégas, was just snatched up by Google, talks data and visualization in a lecture at MIT. For the most part, he focuses on…

Weeplaces visualizes your FourSquare movements

I’m still not comfortable sharing my location with strangers, and my friends are all really low-tech, so FourSquare has never appealed to me. But if you are an avid FourSquare…

Designing an easier-to-read NYC subway map

There’s a lot of history behind the New York City subway map, but despite all the revisions, people (especially out-of-towners) still find it hard to navigate the underground. Designer Eddie…

Alex Rodriguez joins the 600 club

Alex Rodriguez became only the seventh player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs, at a younger age than any of the previous six by far. Amanda Cox and…

$8.7b Iraq development funds unaccounted for

A simple question from GOOD magazine: where did the money to rebuild Iraq go? In 2003, the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) was established for the benefit of the country’s…

Another view of Inception, with the kicks this time

Here’s another timeline of Inception from deviantArt user, dehas. This one has the kicks in it. Start on the bottom left, and follow the character lines counter-clockwise. Lines end as…

Back to the Future trilogy timelines

You know I can never resist a good Back to the Future reference. Also from graphic designer Sean Mort, the trilogy timelines are displayed in parallel. Important events from each…

Need a new logo? Use this flowchart to decide

This flowchart from Watermark Design helps you decide if you need a new logo. Oddly enough all paths lead to Watermark’s logo design services. That is unless you think designers…

Browse street-side with Microsoft Street Slide

When street view came out on all the the popular online map applications, we thought it was awesome. We were able to see photos of the actual buildings and people…

Inception dream levels explained in flowchart

You knew this was coming. I’d call spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen Inception yet, but honestly, this flowchart from graphic designer Sean Mort will just confuse you anyways.…

What online marketers know about you

Andrew Garcia Philips and Sarah Slobin (plus five data gatherers) of The Wall Street Journal report on the prevalence of trackers and cookies on the fifty most popular U.S. websites:…

Exploring the Reach of Firefox

Once every blue moon I like to freelance as a short break from school work, and a few months back I got an email from Mozilla that basically said, “Hey…

Inside the Glenn Beck/Goldline scheme

Jess Bachman and Barry Ritholtz take a look at the Glenn Beck/Goldline scheme in standard flowchart fashion. In a nutshell: Goldline sponsors the Glenn Beck radio show; Glenn Beck supports…